Dr Anastasia Powell is lecturer in Justice and Legal Studies and an associate member of the Centre for Applied Social Research (CASR) at RMIT.
Anastasia teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate subjects including Crime and Information Technology and Law and Criminal Justice Policy. Anastasia has interests in policy and prevention concerning violence against women as well as the role of ICTs in sexual violence, harassment and hate-speech.
Anastasia’s research has specialised on policy and prevention concerning violence against women. She has published widely in these fields including two books: Sex, Power and Consent: Youth Culture and the Unwritten Rules (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Domestic Violence: Australian Public Policy co-authored with Dr Suellen Murray (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2011). Anastasia has also contributed to policy specific research for the Victorian State Government and to a number of projects commissioned by VicHealth.
Currently, Anastasia is a chief investigator with Dr Nicola Henry (La Trobe University) on an ARC Discovery Project ’Technology Facilitated Sexual Violence and Harassment: Violence Against Women in Cyberspace and the Implications for Reform’ (DP130103094). She is also working on projects regarding rape law reform, sexual violence prevention and community attitudes to violence against women.
PhD Criminology (The University of Melbourne)
Anastasia has undertaken numerous commissioned projects for government and non-government organisations including; Department of Justice (Victoria), Office of Women’s Policy (Victoria), Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth), Australian Domestic Violence Clearinghouse, and Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault.
She was formerly employed as a policy officer in the Department of Justice (Victoria)
Professional links and associations
Member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
Member of the Law and Society Association
Member of the Australian Sociological Association
Co-founder and committee member of the Violence and Discrimination Against Women Research Network (VDAWnet) Australia
- Scott, A.,Mainwaring, C.,Flynn, A.,Powell, A.,Henry, N. (2022). Image-Based Sexual Abuse among Australian Youths: The Experiences and Perspectives of Victims, Perpetrators and Bystanders In: Interpersonal Violence Against Children and Youth, Rowman & Littlefield, United States
- Powell, A.,Scott, A.,Flynn, A.,McCook, S. (2022). Perpetration of Image-Based Sexual Abuse: Extent, Nature and Correlates in a Multi-Country Sample In: Journal of Interpersonal Violence, , 1 - 26
- Hamilton, G.,Harris, L.,Powell, A. (2021). Policing repeat and high-risk family violence: police and service-sector perceptions of a coordinated model In: Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, 22, 141 - 156
- Henry, N.,McGlynn, C.,Flynn, A.,Johnson, K.,Powell, A.,Scott, A. (2021). Image-Based Sexual Abuse: A Study on the Causes and Consequences of Non-consensual Nude or Sexual Imagery, Routledge, London, United Kingdom
- McGlynn, C.,Johnson, K.,Rackley, E.,Henry, N.,Gavey, N.,Flynn, A.,Powell, A. (2021). ‘It’s Torture for the Soul’: The Harms of Image-Based Sexual Abuse In: Social & Legal Studies, 30, 541 - 562
- Webster, K.,Ward, A.,Diemer, K.,Flood, M.,Honey, N.,Morgan, J.,Politoff, V.,Powell, A.,Stubbs, J. (2021). How are gender inequality and violence against women related? Findings from a population-level community attitudes survey In: Australian Journal of Social Issues, 54, 374 - 392
- Rackley, E.,McGlynn, C.,Johnson, K.,Henry, N.,Gavey, N.,Flynn, A.,Powell, A. (2021). Seeking Justice and Redress for Victim-Survivors of Image-Based Sexual Abuse In: Feminist Legal Studies, , 1 - 30
- Flynn, A.,Powell, A.,Scott, A.,Cama, E. (2021). Deepfakes and digitally altered imagery abuse: A cross-country exploration of an emerging form of image-based sexual abuse In: British Journal of Criminology, , 1 - 18
- Powell, A. (2021). ‘Intimate Intrusions’: Technology Facilitated Dating and Intimate Partner Violence In: The Palgrave Handbook of Gendered Violence and Technology, Springer, Switzerland
- Flynn, A.,Powell, A.,Hindes, S. (2021). Technology-facilitated abuse: A survey of support services stakeholders In: Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS) Sydney, Australia
3 PhD Completions4 PhD Current Supervisions
- Responding to cybercrime crime: Perceptions and needs of Australian police and the general community (Administered by Queensland University of Technology). Funded by: Australian Institute of Criminology - Contract from (2018 to 2019)
- Revenge pornography: The implications for law reform. Funded by: 010-ARC Discovery Projects 2017 from (2017 to 2021)
- Crime and Justice by Social Media: Citizen engagements with justice online. Funded by: ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) 2016 from (2016 to 2019)
- Responding to Revenge Pornography: The Scope, Nature and Impact of Australian Criminal Laws. Funded by: Criminology Research Council Grant 2016 from (2016 to 2017)
- Technology facilitated sexual violence and harassment: violence against women in cyberspace and the implications for legislative and policy reform. Funded by: ARC Discovery Projects 2013 from (2013 to 2015)